“This convoluted program, which is a Band-Aid rather than an actual solution, is responsible for delaying getting the supplemental funding to the people who need it now to pay bills and feed their families,” said Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.
Oleksiak said not every jobless worker will receive the extra $300.
“Per the eligibility requirements laid out in the president’s memorandum, 30,000 Pennsylvanians who receive less than $100 per week in unemployment benefits will not be eligible for this program,” he explained.
There may also only be about five weeks worth of money to give out.
Oleksiak and Gov. Tom Wolf are pushing for Congress to extend the $600 extra a week in pandemic assistance, as people on unemployment remain desperate.
“Hardworking Pennsylvanians need more than a temporary program that is forcing us to recreate the wheel,” Oleksiak said.